History (BA)

Uncover the stories of the past and discover their relevance today

Discover the rich tapestry of human history with a bachelor’s degree in history from Mary Baldwin University. Our program is led by a dedicated faculty of enthusiastic historians who provide a comprehensive understanding of American, British, African American, and European history. From foundational survey courses to captivating offerings like Twentieth-Century Europe through Film, our curriculum offers a diverse range of learning experiences.

Time to finish
4 years
In person, Online
Bachelor of Arts
History and Social Science Education
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Why Study History at Mary Baldwin?

At Mary Baldwin University, we empower our students to become historians, actively engaging in research, internships, foreign study, and service learning. Our program encourages a vibrant community where students and professors collaborate, exploring local and global historical sites, stories, and systems. 

We prioritize the development of essential historical skills through personalized instruction and hands-on experiences. Our faculty places a strong emphasis on effective writing, primary source research, and one-on-one interaction with students. You’ll have the opportunity to specialize through focused colloquia on intriguing subjects such as Jamestown and the Atlantic World, or Lewis and Clark. In both our undergraduate residential and online programs, you’ll be guided in writing a senior thesis, showcasing your mastery of historical research.

Features & Benefits

  • Internship and public history opportunities
  • Small class sizes 
  • Discussion-based learning
  • Field trips and experiences in Washington D.C. 
  • Study abroad opportunities 

“One of my favorite courses at MBU was called Local Color: Racial Legacies of MBU. I loved being able to talk to some of the first Black students and professors, and hearing about how Mary Baldwin has changed over the years.”

Rachel Krosky Class of ’21, history major

Flexibility with Online Courses

We understand the need for flexibility in pursuing your degree. Mary Baldwin’s innovative program allows you to complete your history degree entirely online. Experience the same high-quality education through our user-friendly platform while accommodating your personal schedule. Take advantage of our generous transfer policy, which enables you to transfer up to 18 credits (6 courses) from the Virginia Community Colleges System, fast-tracking your degree progress.

Students love our courses 

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What can you do with a History degree?

Students who major in History develop an understanding of the past that prepares them to flourish in the future. As they learn about historical context and perspectives held by people in different places and times, History majors develop skills in writing, research, and critical thinking that prepare them for jobs in a wide range of fields.

The most popular careers that History majors pursue after graduation include work in education, management, law, sales, and administration, as well as government, foreign service, and public history.

To succeed in those jobs, History majors draw on their experiences in history courses where they learn to collaborate and communicate, to create their own research projects that showcase their achievements, and to develop career networks through internships.

Cost & Financial Aid

A great education is worth it. Here’s how Mary Baldwin helps you pay for it: Generous financial aid packages, a broad range of scholarships, transferring maximum credit hours from previous coursework or relevant work and life experiences — the list goes on. Our mission is to help you level up and bring your aspirations to life.

MBU helps you fast-track your path to a bachelor’s degree with the opportunity to transfer up to 18 credits (6 courses) through direct course equivalents from the Virginia Community Colleges System.

  • Cost per credit hour: $486
  • Credits required for a bachelor’s degree: 120

It’s time to level up your career. Apply today!